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New Paul BleyPaul Bley With Gary Peacock ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1963/1968. Very Good ... $19.99
A 70s ECM album from Paul Bley, but one that features work from much earlier years – one session recorded in 1963, the other from 1968 – both done with Gary Peacock on bass, and either Billy Elgart or Paul Motian on drums! These early sides from Bley are quite interesting examples of his growth – because at times, they still echo some of the more conventional changes and rhythms of other jazz pianists – but also point the way towards a much more freely melodic use of the keyboard. Only one track here is a familiar standard – Jerome Kern's "Long Ago & Far Away" – and others are originals by Bley, Annette Peacock, and Ornette Coleman – with titles that include "Blues", "Getting Started", "When Will The Blues Leave", "Gary", "Moor", and "Big Foot". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has peeling of the gloss.)

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David BoykinEye Of The Beholder ... CD
Dreamtime, 2004. New Copy ... $6.99
A real departure for saxophonist David Boykin – an album of solo material, performed on soprano sax and Bb Clarinet – in a style that recalls the most experimental work of Roscoe Mitchell, and which also has ties to the solo recordings of Evan Parker and Steve Lacy! Boykin's really concerned with sound in space on the album – and blows with a freely creative vibe that surpasses even his best earlier work. The tunes start out slow, and spare, but then unfold as the album goes on – and demonstrate some incredible tone and control that we never expected from Boykin! Originally part of a live performance with a dancer, but more than compelling enough on its own – and with tracks that include "Transfixed", "And Amazement", "Of Wonder", "With A Gaze", and "Upon The Beloved". CD

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Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... LP
Inner City, 1961. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing opened up, hitting notes that were more soulful and spiritual than many that he ever recorded on his studio sides. This set is a perfect example of that trend – as Dolphy's working here with a strong straight jazz combo, one that includes the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, in a set that features familiar tunes, turned into haunting explorations of Dolphy's new jazz idiom. One of the highlights is an incredible 15 minute version of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly", with Dolphy doing great work on flute – and other tunes include "Hot House", "Geewee", "When Lights Are Low", "I'll Remember April", and "The Meeting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stain and some stuck-on paper on the bottom 2 inches.)

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Bill EvansYou Must Believe In Spring ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $4.99
Wonderful late work by Evans – recorded in 1977, but not issued until after his death in 1980. The session benefits from the bass work of Eddie Gomez – rich, round, and warm – a perfect accompaniment for Evans' sometimes faltering piano work at the time – and a player that Evans was incredibly lucky to be working with during much of his later years. The set includes a wonderful version of Michel Legrand's "You Must Believe In Spring", plus the tracks "Theme From Mash", "The Peacocks", "Sometime Ago", and "Gary's Theme". CD also features 3 previously unissued bonus tracks – "Without A Song", "All Of You", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Steve GrossmanLive At The Someday Vol 1 ... CD
Mugen/Think (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $29.99
A great live date from tenor genius Steve Grossman – done at a time when he'd fallen a bit out of the limelight of jazz, but when he was also recording some of his best work in years! Grossman's really full of fire and energy here – spinning out long lines, and blowing with the kind of creative imagination you'd find in Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane at their best! Backing is by a great trio, led by pianist Makoto Terashita – but Grossman is definitely the star attraction here, and his ability to create freely, for extended passages, is really mindblowing. Most tracks are nice and long – and titles include "New York Bossa", "Impressions", "Out Of Nowhere", and "Mr Sandman". CD

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Terumasa HinoNew York Times ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1983. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
A smooth set of fusion tracks, recorded by Hino in New York, with backing by a small group that includes Kenny Kirkland on keyboards, and occasional work by a larger horn section. The sound is pretty slick and funky, but also nice and soulful – and the record reminds us of some of Freddie Hubbard's larger fusion efforts from the late 70s. Titles include "Dream Cream", "Otis", "Champagne Rain", "Freeland", and "Newborn Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi.)

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Jonas Kullhammar Quartet w/Norbotten Big BandSnake City North ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2005. New Copy ... $18.99
Beautifully strong work from Swedish tenor saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar – an incredible new voice in jazz from the European scene! Kullhammar's a hell of a great player – who who works with a strongly rhythmic pulse and a great degree of soul – a sound that takes us back to some of the best power of late 60s work on Blue Note or Prestige, but which also opens up the groove in ways that recall some of the freer-thinking European jazz of the time. And in a way, there's a feel here that recalls some of the work on MPS or other European labels of the early 70s – as Kullhammar's regular quartet is expanded with larger backings from the Norrbotten Big Band – in a way that conveys small group intensity and energy, yet comes across with a great deal of sonic power. There's a freshness here that we totally love – a sound that's timeless, yet never cliched – very much its own, yet freely drawing on strands of older jazz from the past. All tunes are originals, and arrangements are by Torbjorn Gulz, the pianist on the set. Titles include "For X", "Snake City East", "Frippes Blues", "Slow Drop", "I Sheriffens Klor", and "Karleksvals". CD

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Pete Magadini with Don MenzaBones Blues (with bonus track) ... CD
Sackville/Delmark, 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of power he's packed into his horn for larger group, fuller ensemble sessions – and opening up with a richness that really puts him at the top of his league for the time! Most numbers really let Don take the lead right from the start – with the sort of presence that Sonny Stitt might have on a small independent side like this – but the rest of the group gets some good moments in too – including Wray Downes on piano and Dave Young on bass. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Solar", "I Remember Clifford", "What A Time We Had", and "Poor Butterfly". CD features a bonus alternate take of "Freddie The Freeloader" CD

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Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album

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Louis Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny DyaniSpiritual Knowledge & Grace – Live In Eindhoven 1979 ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A treasure! The set features rare live work from three key members of The Blue Notes, working here alongside tenorist Frank Wright in a late 70s performance from the Netherlands – issued here for the first time, and with really brilliant sound overall! The lineup features Dudu Pukwana on alto and piano, Johnny Dyani on bass and piano, Louis Moholo on drums, and the legendary Frank Wright on tenor and a bit of double bass – all working together freely with a tremendous sense of collaboration – Wright's tenor blown with beautifully soulful, raspy tones that seem to push Dudu even farther than on some of his other albums from the time. There's almost an Art Ensemble Of Chicago feel to the record, although the whole thing comes off with a bit more of a South African soul – as befits the origin of the players – on titles that include "Ancient Spirit" and "Contemporary Fire". CD

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Thelonious MonkLive In Paris Vol 1 ... CD
Explore, 1964. Used ... $7.99
A crystal-clear live recording by Thelonious Monk – captured in Paris during the height of his best years on Columbia Records! The group here is Monk's key 60s quartet – with Charlie Rouse on tenor, Ben Riley on drums, and Butch Warren on bass – all players who are more than willing to give Thelonious plenty of space to stretch out on his own when he wants to, but also manage to come in and sharpen up the groove as well! Rouse's tenor is always a joy at this point, and the longer than usual tracks allow both he and Monk to solo freely. Titles include "Four In One", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", "Straight No Chaser", "Epistrophy", and "Well You Needn't". CD

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Anthony OrtegaNew Dance! ... LP
Revelation, 1967. Very Good ... $33.99
One of the clearest moments of brilliance ever from saxophonist Anthony Ortega – an album that should stand as one of THE avant jazz sessions of the 60s, but which is sadly often overlooked! Although Ortega first rose to fame quickly in the 50s, his talents were often used in larger backing ensembles and studio work in the 60s – and this rare date for Revelation Records is one of the few times he got to express himself freely in the studio – bursting out with a free sense of expression and energy that lies somewhere in the space between Jimmy Giuffre, Marion Brown, and Anthony Braxton! The setting is free, but Ortega often shows a Giuffre-like sense of rhythm and timing, even at the sparest moments – and the rasp in his tone recalls the gentle soulfulness of Brown at his most expressive – touched by some of the greater complexities of Braxton's early approach to the sound of the alto. Accompaniment is by Bobby West on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums on some numbers – and simply by Chuck Domanico on bass on others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label pressing. Cover has small seam splits, some wear, with a name in pen and small stain on back.)

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Houston PersonBroken Windows, Empty Hallways/Sweet Buns & Barbeque ... CD
Prestige, 1972. New Copy ... $4.99 18.98
2 sides of sweet electric grooving from Houston Person – records that feature his soulful tenor set in larger arrangements than on his earlier small combo Prestige sessions, in a mode that's a bit like some of the larger jazz sets coming out on CTI and Kudu at the time! Like Stanley Turrentine, who also made a similar shift during this period, Houston turns out to be an extremely strong soloist in this sort of setting – hitting new notes on the laidback ballads, and playing with a richly expressive style that somehow seems even more possible than before, since the core rhythms and melodies are handled by the other players in the ensemble, and Houston's main job is just to blow freely on his solos. There's a few funky numbers on the set, but the mellow tracks are actually pretty darn great too – thanks to work by players that include Bernard Purdie, Joe Beck, Ron Carter, Ernie Hayes, and Grady Tate. Titles include "Sweet Buns & Barbeque", "Put It Where You Want It", "Groove Thang", "Down Here On The Ground", "Let's Call This", "The Pimp", "A Song For You", and "This Masquerade". CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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Sam RiversQuest (PA USA pressing) ... LP
PA USA, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Sam Rivers' most freely expressive albums – a set of extended improvisations that features the leader on tenor, soprano, flute, and piano – really spinning out with some strongly expressive solos! The rest of the lineup is quite free too – with Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on percussion – a pair who sometimes hit rhythmic impulses at the best moments, but also often stretch out and do their thing in a relatively free way too. Titles include "Judgement", "Hope", "Expectation", and "Vision". LP, Vinyl record album

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Max RoachSpeak, Brother, Speak ... LP
Fantasy, 1962. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Solidly righteous jazz from the Max Roach of the 60s – recorded at a time when the player was really breaking away from his straighter hardbop roots, and delving deeper into more freely soulful jazz expression! The record only features 2 long tracks – each a side apiece – played by Max with a quartet that includes Clifford Jordan on tenor, Eddie Khan on bass, and Mal Waldron on piano. Jordan really takes off on the album – demonstrating a great ability for long blowing and creative exploration that was only hinted at on his other studio sessions at the time, and which really points the way towards some of his freer-thinking records of the 70s. Waldron is great too – bringing in some nicely darker colors that really help to round out the sound. Titles include "Speak Brother Speak" and "A Variation". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Fantasy pressing.)

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Sonny RollinsAfter The Bridge ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1964. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Rare work from the RCA years of Sonny Rollins – all recorded during the time of his groundbreaking albums for the label in the early 60s, but never issued until this much later Japanese package! The title is quite apt – as the whole set really shows the development that Rollins brought to his music in the years after his classic album The Bridge – that open, freely expressive sound that took his already-great approach to tenor and really pushed it into something new – a bold, fresh style for the 60s that was full of power and freedom, but which took a very different direction than the music of John Coltrane or Archie Shepp. Music runs from bop standards to more thoughtful compositions – and even in the mellow moments, Rollins is really mindblowing – working in small group settings with players who include Herbie Hancock on piano, Jim Hall on guitar, Thad Jones on cornet, and either Ron Carter or David Izenzon on bass. Titles include "Afternoon In Paris", "Now's The Time", "I Remember Clifford", "Django", "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Travelin Light", and "Four". CD

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New Pharoah SandersTauhid (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1967. Used ... $19.99
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, spiritual jazz that flows out with a timeless power, and a quality that almost out-Coltrane's Coltrane! All tracks are long, expressive, and freely flowing – building with a very organic sense of energy – totally free from any gimmicks or cliche. Players include Dave Burrell on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Sharrock on guitar – and Pharoah plays alto, tenor, and piccolo – and even vocalizes a bit. The album begins with the amazing "Upper & Lower Egypt" – which is a perfect illustration of the two sides of Pharoah's genius – free/out & spiritual/modal – and other titles include "Japan", and "Capricorn Rising". CD
(Out of print.)

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Henry ThreadgillEasily Slip Into Another World ... LP
Novus/BMG, 1988. Very Good ... $8.99
A nice little set from Henry Threadgill – one of the albums that gave him greatest exposure to a bigger audience, and a set that pushes the sound of his work nicely! The record's got some of those touches from a time when the AACM was reaching out with its sound from earlier years – a mode that's not exactly more inside, but certainly more overtly expressive about its intentions, and sometimes a bit more melodically focused than freely improvisatory. There's echoes here of work the Art Ensemble and Amina Claudine Myers were doing during the same stretch – and the lack of commercial success of the record shouldn't indicate any aesthetic failure at all. Asha Pulthi makes a surprising vocal appearance on the track "My Rock", and other players include Frank Lacy, Diedre Murray, Fred Hopkins, Pheeroan Aklaff, and Reggie Nicholson. Titles include "Award The Squadtett", "Hall", "Spotted Duck Is Pudding", and "I Can't Wait Till I Get Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of pen, a bumped corner, and a small cutout notch.)

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New Claude WilliamsonRound Midnight ... CD
Bethlehem, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest albums ever from west coast pianist Claude Williamson – from the cool image on the cover, right down to the freely swinging grooves on the vinyl! Williamson's working here in trio formation with Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums – mostly on familiar tunes, but done in ways that have a really personal sort of approach. The album often has Claude taking his time on the intros to the tunes – setting things up in broad flourishes in a near-solo mode, before letting the bass and drums come into play – and this style creates a nicely moody feel that matches the late nite image of the cover. Titles include "Hippy", "Stella By Starlight", "I'll Know", "Tea For Two", "Love Is Here To Stay", and "The Song Is You". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Joe HarriottFree Form (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP
Jazzland/Doxy (Germany), 1961. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Essential! This is the landmark album that forever put saxophonist Joe Harriott on the map, and it's a brilliant batch of tracks that prove that Harriott was advancing the jazz avant garde in England as much as players like Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor were advancing it in America. Despite the "free form" of the title, the tracks are more "new thing" – somewhat structured, with a rhythmic approach that's still a little straight, but solos that go nice and outside. Joe's overall conception is a beautiful mix of angular thinking with freely expressed soulful emotion – and the record's one that ranks up there with the 10 most groundbreaking of the 60s! The group's about as fantastic as you could ever expect from England at the time – with Shake Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Coleridge Goode on bass, and Phil Seamen on drums – and titles include "Formation", "Coda", "Abstract", "Straight Lines", and "Impression". LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with bonus CD version of the full album.)

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New Adam MakowiczPolish Jazz Unit – Polish Jazz 35 ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning early 70s session from Polish pianist Adam Makowicz – filled with loads of sweet Fender Rhodes grooving! The set's extremely spare – and features just Mackowicz on keys and bass – plus some additional percussion – in a sound that's freely exploratory, but never to hard-jamming or outside. Fender Rhodes dominates the set, in an unfettered manner that recalls some of the best Japanese fusion records from the time – and which, at points, almost has a Yesterdays New Quintet-like approach to the rhythm and space. Titles include "The Song From The Hills", "Drinking Song", "Seven For Five", "War Song", "The Song From The Valleys", and "It's Not Bad". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Willie PickensIt's About Time! ... CD
Southport, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's a reference to the fact that the album's a long-overdue debut as a leader for pianist Willie Pickens – a player who was important in the Chicago scene for years, but had never made it into the studio until the late 80s. The set's an odd one – in that it features a fair number of solo piano tracks, with Pickens playing in a style that's freely moves up and down the timeline of jazz piano expression, almost in the mode of some of Jaki Byard's work. Other tracks are in trio mode, but still pianistically evocative of a number of styles – and titles include "Invitation", "Wave", "Lush Life", and "Stella By Starlight". CD
(Booklet has an autograph in marker.)

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New Solidarity Unit, IncRed, Black & Green (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Charles Shaw/Eremite, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Landmark work from the St Louis scene – a pivotal album by Solidarity Unit – an offshoot of that city's groundbreaking Black Artists Group! The style here is very much in the mode of AACM work coming out of Chicago at the time – freely creative, and very exploratory – although often presented here with a sense of tightness and power that's even more impressive. Charles Bobo Shaw is the key musical vision here – having wrote, arranged, and produced the record – a bold vehicle for his own creative work on percussion, alongside other players who include Oliver Lake on flute and alto, Joseph Bowie on trombone, Danny Trice on congas, Richard Martin on guitar, and Baikida Yaseen (Carroll?) on trumpet. Tracks are all long, and quite free – and titles include "Beyond The New Horizon", "Floreo", and "Something To Play On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 600 copies – done with very heavy, high quality vinyl, in a very heavy cover!)

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New Jimmy GiuffreTrav'lin' Light ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the most sublime Jimmy Giuffre albums of all time – and a perfect realization of his piano-less/bass-less trio style! The approach here is really revolutionary, especially for the time – as the group simply features Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Jim Hall on guitar, and Giuffre on reeds – working with no other rhythm at all, and coming up with this incredible approach to music that's as breathtaking as it is groundbreaking! Notes hang in mid-air, slowly sliding around one another, flying freely from the players, yet still managing to swing in a beautiful way. The titles are a mix of standards and originals – but all tracks sound completely unique, with a sound unlike anything else we can describe – and titles include "Swamp People", "Lonely Time", "Green Country", and "Travelin Light". CD
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New Charles MingusJazz Workshop Concerts 1964/1965 (7CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1964/1965. New Copy 7 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Key moments in the career of Charles Mingus – all recorded during the crucial years of 1964 and 1965, and featuring the first-time release of a fair bit of live material too! The set represents the first full presentation of recordings that have appeared piecemeal on a handful of obscure releases – self-released records from Mingus himself – Town Hall, My Favorite Quintet, and Music Written For Monterey – all really expanded here with the full recordings of the tracks, and unreleased titles provided from the original tapes! Mingus was really on fire during these years – severed from most of his bigger label associations, and freely working on some of his most inventive ideas with various smaller groups of players – all fresh young talents who were key interpreters of Charles' ideas – including Johnny Coles and Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, Jimmy Owens on trumpet and flugelhorn, Charles McPherson on alto sax, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Jaki Byard on piano, Eric Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet. The stalwart Dannie Richmond is on drums, and the sides represent some of Dolphy's last, and most important recordings on the planet – recordings done at Town Hall and in Amsterdam in April of 1964 – in addition to live material at Monterey in 1964 and 1965, in Minneapolis in May of 1965. Tracks are all quite long – some pushing the half-hour timing – and as with the best live Mingus, there's variations here that go way past any studio readings – really incredible solo flights that are still beautifully integrated with the ideas of the main group. Titles include "So Long Eric", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk", "Mingus Piano Solo", "Bird Preamble", "Themeless Blues", "Copa City Titty", "A Lonely Day In Selma", "Cocktails For Two", "Praying With Eric", "Parkeriana", "ATFW", "Meditations On A Pair Of Wire Cutters", and "Meditations On Integration". 7CDs, limited edition, and with a great book of notes too! CD

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New Ralph MooreImages (plus bonus track) ... CD
Landmark, 1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take chances too – a way of handling the tenor that few of his contemporaries could match, which is probably why Ralph's presence really upped the ante on so many dates at the time as a sideman. He's even better as a leader, though, and this standout set for Landmark is a real gem – a record filled with freely creative energy throughout, and a never-ending sense of soul – as Moore's tenor is set up nicely in a core group with Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – the latter of whom brings some of the same magic to this set that Billy Higgins did to Blue Note in the 60s. Terence Blanchard plays trumpet on 4 of the album's tracks – and titles include "Punjab", "Freeway", "Enigma", "Blues For John", "One Second Please", and "Episode From A Village Dance". Also includes the CD-only bonus track "Morning Star". CD

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New Tom ScottMaster Of Funk – The Essential Albums 1974 to 1977 (Tom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Raven (Australia), 1973/1974/1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD features four bonus tracks too – "Dream Lady", "Shadows", "Smoothin On Down", and "Theme From Starsky & Hutch". CD

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New Sadao WatanabeSadao Watanabe (1972) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A massive set from Sadao Watanabe – recorded live in Tokyo in 1972, and crackling with the sort of raw energy that really marked his shift as a player in the 70s! The group is a sextet – with electric piano, guitar, bass, and trombone alongside some very free-thinking work from Watanabe on alto, soprano sax, and flute. At times, the album takes on a dark-edged Miles Davis electric Japan sort of mode – using the electric bass and drums at their loudest, while Sadao solos freely over the top. At other moments, there's an introspective quality that's equally great – earthy, almost organic playing on flute that falls in line with more rhythmic playing by the rest of the group. Hiroshi Fukumura does some great work on trombone, and the keys are handled by Fumio Itabashi. Titles include "Kijiji", "Barabara", "Mombasa", "Mtoto", "Sasa", and "Mtelenko". CD

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New Elton Dean's NinesenseHappy Daze/Oh For The Edge ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal work from British reedman Elton Dean – two classic Ogun albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Happy Daze – a set that's got a lot more complicated class than you might expect from the title – really wonderful large ensemble arrangements penned by Dean, and definitely in the spirit that he claimed made the group the heir to Keith Tippett's previous group of the late 60s! The music here is all nicely inside, and pretty darn soulful – swinging and stepping with a bit more of a groove than some of the other Ogun Records work of the time – really back to that hip point at the end of the 60s, when British jazz groups stretched out in their spirit, but never got too avant in their style – a perfect blend that Dean really recreates here, with help from players who include Alan Skidmore on tenor, Harry Beckett on trumpet, Mark Charig on trumpet and tenor horn, Nick Evans and Radu Malfatti on trombones, Keith Tippett on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. Titles include "Nicrotto", "Seven For Lee", "Sweet FA", and "Three For All". On Oh For The Edge, there's definitely an edge to the music – but one that's a bit different than that of some of Elton Dean's contemporaries in the 70s British scene! Dean brings a lot more swing and soul to this record than you might expect – working with a large group, but never letting the players get totally outside – which is a real change from some of the more freely improvising UK ensembles of the period. Dean's own work on alto and saxello are totally great – as are the core rhythms of the group, which come from Keith Tippett on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. But we're also plenty happy to hear Alan Skidmore on tenor, Harry Beckett and Mark Charig on trumpets, and Nick Evans on trombone. The recording has a very good "roomy" sound to it that gives it a darker edge than some of the other Ogun recordings from the time – and tracks include "Fall In Free", "Dance", "Friday Night Blues", and "Prayer For Jesus". CD

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New Sonny RollinsFreedom Suite Plus ... LP
Riverside, 1957/1958. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great reissue that takes Rollins' historic Freedom Suite LP, and adds in a full extra LP's worth of material pulled from scattered sessions on Riverside. The well-annotated set offers a strong look at Rollins during the key 1958 period, when he was really moving into some of his strongest musical statements of the decade. Freedom Suite features Sonny blowing freely in a trio, with Oscar Pettiford on bass and Max Roach on drums – and the other tracks feature Sonny Clark, Roy Haynes, and either Percy Heath of Paul Chambers on bass. Titles include "Cutie", "Just In Time", "Mangoes", "Shadow Waltz", "Freedom Suite", "Someday I'll Find You", and "Funky Hotel Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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